Celebrities can get away with openly using marijuana in ways Joe Sixpack never will. Sure, a celeb who gets caught smoking weed or in possession of cannabis is going to pay for it in the media, but it rarely (if ever), has completely decimated a celebrities status. Here are a few celebs that have been caught with the Devil’s Lettuce.
1. Bill Murray
Bill Murray’s 20th birthday was one he would never forget. While waiting for his flight from Chicago to Denver, the funny man Murray made a joking, offhand comment to another passenger in the airport that he had two bombs in his suitcase. *Faceplant. Sadly Murray’s joke was not taken as such and he very quickly became the center of attention for some US marshals in the airport who began searching Murray’s bag.
The then pre-med student did not have any bombs in his luggage, per say, but he DID have 5 bricks of cannabis for a total of 10 pounds of weed. He was lucky to be a first time offender and was charged with possession and got 5 years of probation – not that bad. He did, however, decide to drop out of his medical studies before he was asked to leave based on his criminal history. Probably not the worst move he could have made.
2. Matthew McConaughey
We don’t have to go into too much detail on this one, do we? Anyone over 30 years old can remember 1999 when Matthew McConaughey got arrested while stoned out of his gourd playing bongos NAKED at his house. If you don’t remember, treat yourself to this hilarious reenactment by The Smoking Gun.
3.Haley Joel Osment
He saw dead people in The Sixth Sense (spoiler alert). But in 2006, 18-year-old Haley Joel saw stoned people too. He drunkenly crashed his car in the early hours of the morning, hitting a brick pillar with his 1995 Saturn and flipping the vehicle onto its roof. Luckily no one was hurt, except Osment who suffered a broken rib and an injury to his shoulder. He was charged with DUI and also caught a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, womp womp.
4. Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson is probably the grandfather of celebrity pot users. He is 85 years old (and counting), still smokes his peace pipe like a boss and has been arrested at least 3 times for cannabis. One of his first cannabis arrests stemmed from a late night of gambling in 95. It was so late Willie decided that instead of driving home, he would pull over in his car and take a nap. When confronted by Waco, Texas police he said he might have a little bit of weed on the floorboard and the officer saw a joint in the ashtray.
The next arrest wasn’t until 2006 but it was a biggie. Nelson was found with 1.5 pounds of green (plus some magic mushrooms) in Louisiana. Nelson didn’t do any prison time though – instead he paid a fine just over $1000 and spent 6 months on probation.
His last arrest was in Sierra Blanca, Texas in 2010 which hosts a routine checkpoint. After asserting he smelled something unusual, the officer that made the stop found marijuana on board Nelson’s tour bus. Ever the standup guy, Nelson claimed the pot was his and was held until his $2,500 bond was paid in full.
This post was originally published on June 11, 2018, it was updated on June 12, 2018.